Wednesday, November 21, 2007
NEW YORK To no one's surprise in a world where top White House aides with any president eventually write a book about it, former Press Secretary Scott McClellan will be coming out with his volume in April. It's called "What Happened" and its publisher, Public Affairs, at its Web site now carries this brief excerpt -- which set off a media firestorm on Tuesday.
It also led to a call for a full probe by a top U.S. senator and condemnation from former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
E&P was first mainstream news outlet to report on Monday night that the McClellan excerpt reads:
"The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.
"There was one problem. It was not true.
"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration "were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."
AP reported this afternoon: "White House press secretary Dana Perino said it wasn't clear what McClellan meant in the excerpt and she had no immediate comment. McClellan turned down interview requests Tuesday."
Later Tuesday, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) , who is running for president, stated, "Today's revelations by Mr. McClellan are very disturbing and raise several important questions that need to be answered. If in fact the President of the United of States knowingly instructed his chief spokesman to mislead the American people, there can be no more fundamental betrayal of the public trust.
Oh yea, if he is not already rich, he will be after the books 'fly' off the shelves won't he.
Funny how the accessories to this Administrations crimes can flaunt crap in the media and get praised for it while upholders of 'Free Speech' get tasered for speaking up against the crimes.
Have we become so enamored with the rich and infamous that a criminal terrorist organization like the prez and prez of vice and their accomplices can do whatever they please because it makes for a good show?
Time for the self involved spoiled rotten people in this country to get off their Ipods and cell phones and watch everything their parents and grandparents fought for go right down the drain. And when it is all gone and they wonder why they have to live in the street and beg for food and water that THEY could have prevented their own demise.
If only they would have engaged and paid attention and did their duty as American citizens.
We have been snookered by the worst this country has to offer while we were asleep at the wheel, and the crooks are getting richer while the rest of us suffer.